Hundreds of firefighters took part in an epic, 72-hour-long relay between all 42 of Norfolk's fire stations to give a charity a welcome boost.

More than 250 Norfolk firefighters and fire staff from every station took place in the round-the-clock challenge to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Part of the annual fire chief's challenge, the event began at Great Yarmouth Fire Station on Thursday (September 28) night and ended on Sunday afternoon at Carrow Fire Station on the edge of Norwich.

Fakenham & Wells Times: Firefighters took part in the 72-hour relay to raise money for charityFirefighters took part in the 72-hour relay to raise money for charity (Image: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service)

Runners used a brass fire hose, known as a branch, as their baton during the event, which covered 385 miles.

The run has raised more than £5,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity, which provides lifelong support to fire service staff and their families.

It has supported hundreds of firefighters from Norfolk during the 80 years it has been running.

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Fakenham & Wells Times: Deputy chief fire officer Scott NormanDeputy chief fire officer Scott Norman (Image: Archant)

Scott Norman, deputy chief fire officer at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: "It's been an absolutely fantastic 72 hours.

"On behalf of the whole service, I would like to say a huge thanks to the public who have supported us out on the streets and by making donations to the Fire Fighters Charity.

"It is much appreciated and has been a great way for us and the local communities we support and serve to work together.

"We've seen fire crews and fire staff across the county coming together and supporting each other throughout this ambitious challenge. The teamwork and sheer effort has been outstanding.

"There have been some tough stretches, particularly for those running in the early hours of the morning and those running in the spells of rain we've had, but it was brilliant to see the huge energy and enthusiasm they maintained."

Fakenham & Wells Times: Firefighters and fire staff raised thousands through the relayFirefighters and fire staff raised thousands through the relay (Image: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service)

People can still make donations to the challenge by visiting